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is it blasphemy?, part dos

macsak Aug 1, 2013 06:04 PM

that i didn't LOVE skillet diner?

as noted in my first post, it was a long flight
mom got the pancake sandwich thing (fried potatoes, 2 pancakes, bacon, egg and american cheese)
good bacon and potatoes, dry pancakes, and cheap tasting american cheese
i had the cornmeal waffle with egg and pork
appeared to be some sort of sous vide prep on the pork, but it was tough and tasteless
waffles were dry and odd, but maybe i just don't like cornmeal waffles (i love cornbread, though)

maybe it was the loud group behind us, one of whom gave a whole explanation of how cool her birthday party was since her friends all dressed up as the cartoon band GEM (or is it JEM?) and she gave a whole rundown of what the show was about and how much she loved the show
followed by a guy in the group explaining how lame Thundercats is if you watch it now
ok, i was cranky and tired, but the food was not good
once again, maybe just a bad day or bad choices
and certainly not blaming CH for my experience
just commenting once again for the record



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    GreenYoshi Aug 1, 2013 06:17 PM

    Naw, Skillet is hella overrated.
    It was kind of fun when they were one of the first food trucks in the new trend, and they do some fun comfort food, but it's certainly not some wonderful that someone else couldn't easily re-create. (Although, I'm surprised that you found it actually bad.)

    I don't want to come off as overly negative, because I certainly don't have any problem with them, but Bacon Jam is kinda gimmicky, their burger is more style than substance and everything seems expensive for what they're serving up.

    (I remember getting good waffles and pork belly when the guys were just starting out in a construction area off Thomas St. in SLU. Crazy how both that 'hood and Skillet have changed in just 5 years or so...)

    1. c oliver Aug 1, 2013 06:37 PM

      We ate there almost a year ago and liked it a lot. I think the problem comes when a place like this, which is pretty simple, gets blown out of proportion. Here's my post from then.


      1. kaleokahu Aug 1, 2013 07:29 PM

        Hi, macsac:

        My take was overhyped=underwhelmed. Sometime mobettahs to just stumble on places. Sounds like you were on a too-tight sched, too.


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        1. re: kaleokahu
          macsak Aug 1, 2013 07:37 PM

          yeah, but i'm an anal-retentive dentist, so loose scheduling and stumbling is not what my people do

          should i have chosen 5 spot or 5 point?
          and why are their names so similar?
          i also had portage bay cafe on my list, but i was looking for dive rather than elegant

          1. re: macsak
            christy319 Aug 1, 2013 08:15 PM

            Ehhh, I don't think you would have been impressed by the 5 Spot or 5 Point or Portage Bay. I mean, breakfast....if you cook at all, you can make a better breakfast at home that you can get in nearly any restaurant. The only restaurant breakfast I've been impressed by in the last 20 years was the one you get when you stay at Willow Inn on Lummi Island.

            1. re: macsak
              kaleokahu Aug 1, 2013 09:02 PM

              Oh, I favor The 5 Point on character alone. World-class dive and Callipygean servers. And the sister ship, Mecca.

              On your next trip, you might also like Toulouse Petit for brekkie. Weekdays are Happy Hour priced.

              1. re: kaleokahu
                macsak Aug 2, 2013 12:21 AM

                i went to TP on my last day
                i will write more reports after i finish my "is it blasphemy" series

                now i have to go google "callipygean"

                1. re: kaleokahu
                  Brunhilde Aug 2, 2013 09:13 AM

                  5 point has my favorite chicken fried steak in town.

                  1. re: Brunhilde
                    c oliver Aug 2, 2013 09:31 AM

                    Ooh, one of our fave breakfast dishes. We'll be up in a couple of weeks. Will have to check it out.

                    1. re: c oliver
                      macsak Aug 2, 2013 10:15 AM

                      i had an excellent CFS at geraldine's counter in columbia city
                      review to follow later
                      sausage gravy had almost as much sausage as gravy

                      1. re: macsak
                        c oliver Aug 2, 2013 10:24 AM

                        Where is Columbia City?

                        1. re: c oliver
                          Gizmo56 Aug 2, 2013 10:38 AM

                          In the Rainier Valley:


                          1. re: Gizmo56
                            macsak Aug 2, 2013 10:59 AM

                            geraldine's counter is on the corner of rainier and ferdinand

                            1. re: macsak
                              kaleokahu Aug 3, 2013 09:45 PM

                              And Jones BBQ is around the corner, another class act.

                              1. re: kaleokahu
                                macsak Aug 3, 2013 11:05 PM

                                we parked right in front of it
                                i went around the back to try and peak at the smoker, but it was 8 am on saturday

                                i'll try and check it out next time
                                how's the farm to table small plates place across the street next to the butcher shop?

                          2. re: c oliver
                            macsak Aug 2, 2013 10:39 AM

                            columbia city is on rainier ave a few miles south of franklin high school
                            full tilt ice cream is about a block down and across the street
                            gentrifying area, definitely not a tourist area, but safe
                            got there before they opened on saturday, there was a wait list less than half an hour later

                    2. re: kaleokahu
                      gingershelley Aug 2, 2013 11:34 AM

                      Kaleo - All I can say is WOW... Callipygian/gean is so TWOTD!

                      Excellent addition to my vocabulary, tho I can't think of many instances to trot that one out.

                      Oh, perhaps on my next visit to the 5 Point for breakfast! I am with you on that it is an excellent breaky spot (diametrically opposed to the 5 Spot), in it's aged ambiance, excellent from-scratch food - they make their own chicken fried steak, roast their own turkeys for sandwiches and salads, gravy from scratch, etc. And Café Vita coffee!

                      And not overpriced. How can you not love their motto as well; 'alcoholics serving alcoholics since 1928"?

                      1. re: gingershelley
                        kaleokahu Aug 3, 2013 09:52 PM

                        You know, what brings me back to T5P is the CFS, the Bloodies, and the fact that the place was the beginning of the end for Tom Leikis. Those and the eye candy...

                        A great, unapologetic tradition.

                        1. re: gingershelley
                          macsak Aug 3, 2013 11:07 PM

                          how does the CFS at 5 point compare to geraldine's and jules mae?
                          or should i just start another food wars thread?

                          1. re: macsak
                            Jeri L Aug 4, 2013 12:31 PM

                            I vote for a new thread. CFS is a hot topic.

                            1. re: Jeri L
                              macsak Aug 4, 2013 01:03 PM

                              see new thread

                  2. babette feasts Aug 1, 2013 08:26 PM


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                    1. re: babette feasts
                      c oliver Aug 1, 2013 08:30 PM

                      Care to elaborate?

                      1. re: c oliver
                        gingershelley Aug 2, 2013 11:35 AM

                        I think Babette is saying 'no', it's not blasphemy:)

                        1. re: gingershelley
                          babette feasts Aug 2, 2013 08:32 PM



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                      Bax Aug 1, 2013 09:54 PM

                      Ohhh, I'm sorry to hear that. I'd always found their breakfast to be really tasty. No...I take that back. The one time I had pancakes there they were really thick and a little odd. They weren't bad, but I didn't love them.

                      Have never had the cornmeal waffle.

                      Various scrambles & such have always been excellent. Then again, I haven't eaten breakfast there in about a year (since I don't live there anymore) so it's possible they've just gone downhill.

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                        tykapfh Aug 2, 2013 10:31 AM

                        Thundercats is not lame and Skillet is over-rated.

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                        1. re: tykapfh
                          macsak Aug 2, 2013 10:57 AM

                          that about covers it

                          1. re: macsak
                            equinoise Aug 2, 2013 11:30 AM

                            Thundercats are...on the loose!

                        2. gingershelley Aug 2, 2013 11:41 AM

                          I think it would be better to hit up the new Lost Lake diner nearby.... Dave Meinert is one of the partners (owner of 5 point), and he hasn't overexpanded his 'empire' yet...

                          Heard they have a breakfast happy hour weekdays, where you can get a $5 bloody mary, mimosa or bailey's n coffee. They also have Chicken Fried Bacon, 3 kinds of benedicts, and the 'city's biggest chicken fried steak'.

                          I think I must go next week!

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                          1. re: gingershelley
                            macsak Aug 2, 2013 11:49 AM

                            i'll put lost lake on my list for next trip

                            1. re: macsak
                              gingershelley Aug 2, 2013 11:59 AM

                              I shall report back on how it is after I go, but I have a pretty good feeling about it from it's provenance. Oh, and they have great mid-century lamps too.:)

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